Daleville native Kainan Pouncy’s Enterprise State career has come to a close after his graduation from ESCC earlier this month, but his college career is just getting started as he signed his letter-of-intent with Francis Marion University last week.
Pouncy was an All-Conference basketball star for ESCC after earning all state honors at Daleville – including all state and Elite 11 honors in football – and had scholarship offers from a number of four-year universities around the country.
Pouncy selected Francis Marion over other schools like Division I’s Grambling State and Florida A&M along with Division II schools like Montevallo, Georgia Southwestern State and Arkansas-Monticello. Pouncy pointed to Francis Marion’s beautiful campus as being a big factor in his decision.
“The campus was just so great and the coaches, too,” Pouncy said. “I really enjoyed going up there.”
Former ESCC star Victor Hunt previously transferred to Francis Marion and ESCC coach Jermaine Williams said that he had a positive experience, which he believes Pouncy will similarly have.
“Kainan will do well at Francis Marion,” Williams said. “I had a former player that had a chance to go there and he really enjoyed it and I think Kainan will, too.”
Pouncy was a two-time All-ACCC player at ESCC and as a sophomore in 2018-2019 averaged 20.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, but his role as a leader is what set him apart from many other junior college stars around the country.
“He’s meant a lot to our team as a leader on and off the court,” Williams emphasized. “He’s going to be really hard to replace. I could sit here and talk all day about Kainan and what he’s done for this school.
“He’s set a really high mark for Enterprise State with four-year schools from all over the country coming here to recruit him.”
Pouncy said that his time at ESCC has improved him as a player and he would recommend the school to any athletes looking to make it at the next level.
“It’s been a really good experience here,” Pouncy said. “I’d recommend ESCC to anyone that’s looking to go to the next level and play. Coach Jermaine has tried to help each and everyone of us.
“If you don’t come in and work hard and think everything is going to be done for you you’re wrong but you can really better yourself. Coach Williams really helped me develop my game so much over the last summer. He’s been really important to my career and I’ll miss him.”
Williams said that he first took notice of Pouncy when he was a youth player and has watched him develop ever since.
“I’ve been watching Kainan since he played for us (as a youth player) when he used to get in trouble for shooting the ball too much,” Williams joked. “He grew up to be a great young man and a great leader. I’m really proud of him.”
Pouncy said that when he gets to Francis Marion his goals will be the same as the goals he set for himself when first coming to ESCC from Daleville.
“My goals are going to be the same,” Pouncy flatly said. “I wan to win and move on to the next level.”